Homily given at St. Ann's Church, Doniphan and Sacred Heart Church, Kenesaw on October 21, 2012.
Second installment of a three-part series on public issues and upcoming election.
If the end never justifies the means (and it doesn't), then are we to stand by and do nothing as an assailant attacks our family, or as colon cancer takes our life? Abortion is the direct taking of an innocent human life, but what if the woman has an ectopic pregnancy, or she's just found out her uterus is cancerous, or being pregnant drastically increases her blood pressure and her risk of a deadly blood clot? Since war, capital punishment, abortion for the life of the mother, euthanasia, and a host of other moral issues always find their way into the political debate, it's essential to understand the Principle of Double Effect.
PS: It also is the principle that allows us to vote for non-saints as politicians (and that's basically all of them...)